DCU Access Scheme
What are the Entry Requirements for the DCU Access Scheme?
- You must be under 23 on 1st January 2017 and have completed an Irish Leaving Certificate.
- You must meet DCU’s minimum entry (matriculation) requirements: Grade H5 in two higher level subjects and Grade O6 in four ordinary or higher level subjects including Maths and English or Irish.
- You must meet any specific entry requirements of the course you are applying for.
- Achieve a minimum of 300 points in your Leaving Certificate. If you are eligible for DCU Access you should note that due to the high demand and limited places in DCU you are not guaranteed entry.
- In order to be considered for a subsidised accommodation scholarship a student must achieve the necessary points for the course of their choice, i.e. no points reduction will be given. There are a limited number of accommodation scholarships; not all eligible applicants receive one.
- Students who have deferred a place from the previous year are not eligible to apply for Access DCU.
- DCU allocate up to 10% of first year places on ALL courses at reduced points entry to students entering through the HEAR/DCU Access routes. Please refer to the Undergraduate Prospectus 2017 for a list of DCU undergraduate degrees and the number of places per course.
What are the benefits of DCU Access?
- Students are given direct entry into year 1 of a level 8 degree in DCU.
- Students may qualify for reduced point entry or
- Students who achieve the necessary points for their course will be eligible to compete for an accommodation scholarship. There are a limited number of scholarships offered at either a 50% or 100% subsidy. Please note these are allocated on a needs basis and not every student achieving the points will be offered an accommodation scholarship.
- All DCU Access students are eligible for a range of other financial, academic, social and personal supports.
How Are DCU Access Scheme Supports Applications Assessed?
Applications are assessed on a number of financial, cultural and social conditions known as Indicators. You must meet Indicator 1, plus at least two other Indicators, one of which must be from 4 or 5 or 6 to be eligible for DCU Access.
- Low income: The total income of your parent(s)/guardian(s)/spouse for the year ending 31st December 2015 must be within the specified income limits.
- Social Welfare Payment: In the year ending 31st December 2015, your parent(s)/guardian(s)/spouse have received a means-tested payment from the Department of Social and Family Affairs for at least 26 weeks.
- You or your parent(s)/guardian(s) have a medical card/GP visit card valid on the 31st December 2016.
- Socio-Economic Grouping: You belong to a group that is under-represented in higher education, based on the occupation and employment status of your parent(s)/guardian(s). The grouping includes non-manual, semi-skilled, unskilled manual and agricultural workers.
- Area Profile: You live in a area where there is concentrated disadvantage; in other words an area where, for example, there is high unemployment and poverty.
- DEIS School Attendance: You have completed five or more years in a second level school that takes part in the Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools (DEIS) scheme run by the Department of Education and Skills.
Please download an information brochure for the DCU Access Scheme 2017 here.
- Please submit a statement from the Department of Social Protection for 2015 or you may download and submit this form, completed in your nearest Department of Social Protection/INTREO office.
- Submit a P21, if in paid employment or Chapter 4 letter of assesssment if self-employed for 2015 - view a sample here.
- If you were made redundant and/or received a lump sum in 2015 you need to submit a copy of an RP50 - view a sample here.
- Please ensure the applicant's name and CAO number is written on all supporting documents submitted. If you have applied to the HEAR (Higher Education Access Route) scheme we will accept copies of documents supplied to HEAR as part of your application.
We are now accepting applications for entry in September 2017 Please make an application here: DCU Access Entry Route 2017